UK’s first ever youth festival for LGBT+ young people of colour to be held in Birmingham

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 11:30

Despite experiencing Hate Crime at a higher rate than white LGBT+ people* and differing needs among communities, there are still few LGBT+ organisations that have specific provisions for people of colour. In Birmingham, 42% of residents are from an ethnic group other than white and 45.7% of Birmingham residents are under 30, compared with 36.8% for England.**

The city doesn’t have a targeted programme for LGBT+ young people of colour which is one of the main reasons CYN chose Birmingham to host the event.

The Proud Trust, as part of the COLOURS Youth Network (CYN), are excited to release information about COLOURS Youth Festival 2019. A day that will to bring together, centre and celebrate LGBT+ young people of colour from across the UK. The celebration is thefirst event of it's kind to happen in the UK and will be aptly celebrated within LGBT History! The festival will be free to attend and travel bursaries offered by LGBT equality charities UK Black Pride and Stonewall.

“Visibility of LGBT+ people of colour is growing but is still not where it should be in 2018, people of colour are still vastly underrepresented within LGBT+ spaces and communities. Having LGBT+ spaces that centre around us and our identities is a rareexperience for people of colour and we are so excited to be hosting this space just for young people colour to meet and connect with others from not just their cities but from around the UK! We are calling all LGBT+ young people of colour and youth workers far and wide, get to our Eventbrite page and save your place!” – Chloe Cousins, COLOURS Youth Festival Organising Team

CYN runs an annual youth residential, feedback from the 2018 group expressed that having a space run by and for LGBT+ people of colour meant:

  • “I feel very safe.  I’m constantly relaxed.  My experiences aren’t questioned because they are immediately understood.”
  • “It means a lot as it makes me realise that I am not alone in the world.”
  • “we’re able to show solidarity toward each other, and make each other feel wanted; like there is a space to be whoever you are.”
  • “Feeling comfortable knowing that you are with people like you.”

COLOURS Youth Festival aims to reduce isolation and build community by connecting young people to others who share similar identities and backgrounds from across their city and the UK.

The festival is supported by Birmingham City University and will be located in the heart of Birmingham city centre at Millennium Point.

Keep informed about the project is by registering your interest/your place on eventbrite and by following us on Facebook and Instagram @COLOURSyouth

For further information, please contact: Chloe Cousins on 0‌7519 814 905


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